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As temperatures drop, Indianapolis shelters continue to fill up

Posted at 10:49 PM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-27 22:49:15-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the temperatures drop homeless shelters in Indianapolis are filling up, and some, like the Wheeler Mission Ministries, have already surpassed full capacity - but they aren't turning anyone away.

The Wheeler Mission has about 298 beds, but Tuesday night they provided shelter to 450 people. 

"Usually around this time of year we are averaging 350-375, so to see that number on the first really cold night - extremely cold night - it's kind of alarming," said Wheeler Mission Director William Bumphus. 

But even though their resources and staff are wearing thin, Bumphus said they will not turn anyone back out into the cold. 

The shelter urges anyone who needs to come in and stay warm as the temperatures are expected to stay well below freezing the rest of the week. 

"We do everything that we can to make this season better for a lot of these men and individuals who are experiencing homelessness but there is still more than can be done," said Bumphus. 

Bumphus says the Wheeler Mission is in need of all types of donations, especially monetary, hygiene products and pajamas. 

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